Sleep is one of those things no one completely understands, however, it’s pretty fascinating. Sure, it’s easy to think it’s as simple as just closing your eyes and knocking out for the night – However, there’s more to sleep than we realize. Here are a few facts about sleep you may or may not know.

  1. Humans spend 1/3rd of their lives sleeping.
  2. When you begin to fall asleep, your body temperature decreases by 1 or 2 degrees.
  3. Light and dark control your sleep cycle.
  4. Getting more sunlight during the day helps you sleep better at night.
  5. Blue light emitted from electronics triggers your body to produce daytime hormones – It disrupts your body’s natural preparations for sleep.
  6. According to Harvard researchers, red light has the least power to shift circadian rhythm and suppress melatonin.
  7. Electronics kick out radiation which can disrupt sleep.
  8. The average person dreams 4-6 times a night.
  9. We only dream of faces we have seen, whether we remember them or not.
  10. According to The Institute of Medicine 50 to 70 million people suffer from a chronic sleep disorder.
  11. Obstructive sleep apnea is the 2nd most prevailing sleep disorder.
  12. Sleep sex, also known as Sexsomnia is a condition in which a person will engage in sexual activities while they are asleep.
  13. Sleep deprivation has been linked to the inability to lose weight.
  14. Research shows, being awake for just 20 hours makes the average driver perform just as poorly as someone with a blood alcohol level 0.08.
  15. Humans are the only mammal that willingly delays sleep.